Robert David Sullivan is a freelance writer and editor living in the Boston area. A native of Malden, Mass., he earned a B.A. in political science from Boston University. He has served as a copy-editor at the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Business Journal and as

Omaha Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello waves to supporters at a rally on April 20.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Politics & Society Short Take
April 24, 2017
The expulsion of pro-life candidates may doom the Democrats to minority status.
Politics & Society Dispatches
April 06, 2017
The U-turn on environmental policies comes as evidence mounts that climate change has already caused significant damage, from killing large sections of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to causing severe drought in Africa.
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Faith Dispatches
March 18, 2017
Father Monan led the Jesuit university for 24 years.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. talks about the American Health Care Act during a March 8 news conference in Washington. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Short Take
March 10, 2017
The American Health Care Act seriously tests many principles of Catholic social teaching.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan receives the gavel from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 3. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Politics & Society Signs Of the Times
January 12, 2017
The pro-life movement may be one of the biggest beneficiaries as the Republicans take control of both the White House and Congress.
Politics & Society Culture
January 10, 2017
After decades of books that described presidential campaigns as thrill rides, political scientists have begun to push back.
Politics & Society In All Things
November 14, 2016
The police have shown little hostility toward the crowds, but retailers may be losing patience.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Politics & Society (Un)Conventional Wisdom
November 10, 2016
Maybe our nostalgia for “better days” is simply a case of buyer’s remorse.
Politics & Society
October 17, 2016
While Democratic presidential nominees have become almost invincible among the highly educated urbanites, Republicans have increased their margins among white voters in more rural areas.
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September 28, 2016
In nine states some ex-felons must petition the courts or the governor to make them whole citizens again.